When veterinarian Dr. Jyl Rubin was at a holiday party recently, a giant pit bull jumped up out of nowhere and took a bite out of a German chocolate cupcake in her hand.
It's a reminder to watch our holiday sweets carefully around pets because sweets can make pets sick, Dr. Jyl told Fox 40 in the clip below.FULL ENTRY
Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online Dec. 2 to answer questions about your pet's health.
Does your dog like to eat the scraps from your Thanksgiving day meal? Well, here are some foods your pooch should not be exposed to, according to Kim Melanson, behavior counselor at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. (Photo: Animal Rescue League of Boston)FULL ENTRY
Your pet can eat a hot dinner on Thanksgiving day, too, complete with turkey, green beans, squash, and even cranberries.
Dr. Jyl Rubin, a veterinarian and owner of six dogs, demonstrates how you can make a feast for your pets this Thanksgiving that doesn't involve dog food. All you need is a crockpot and some of the same meat and vegetables the family eats.
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Is that a kitty purring that we hear? He must be the recipient of a "total immersion head pet." At least, this cat seems to enjoy it.
Not sure what it is? It's when you pet the ears and the whole head, including the face, while petting your cat. Check it out in this video.
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A new study by the Brooke animal charity in London found that 1 in 10 women love their pet more than their partner. And nearly one-third of women polled said their feelings for their pet were exactly the same as their feelings for their boyfriend or husband.
The organization polled 2,000 female pet owners who are living with a partner.
Here is more of what the study revealed:
81 percent of women consider pets part of the family.
Nearly 4 in 10 women seek affection from their pets if they feel ignored by their partner.
There will be a bitter custody battle for the pet should a split occur, according to 38 percent of women.
And 14 percent of women are considering getting a tattoo of their pet's name.
"Pets canít answer back with sarcastic comments or moan about the state of the house so itís easy to have a blissful relationship with a pet, which canít always been said of human relationships," said a spokesperson for the charity on its website.
What do you think of these findings?
Grumpy Cat went to Disneyland and met his match in grumpiness -- Grumpy the dwarf from Snow White.
Neither seemed happy to be there. Big shock.
The grumps were taking part in a day at the park set aside for Internet superstars. The park invited 24 Internet sensations to come over and play, hoping to catch the attention of the combined 30 million followers they collectively have, according to latimes.com.
Who else was there besides Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce)? "How to Be a Dad" blogger Charlie Capen and "CuteGirlsHairstyles" YouTube star Mindy McKnight were there. And don't forget Zeddie Little, "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy."
Need more Grumpy Cat in your life? Grumpy Cat has a Garfield-like movie in the works.
Jerky treats are making pets sick and no one can figure out why.
So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert asking for help from pet owners. If you've had a pet become sick after eating jerky treats, the FDA wants to hear from you.FULL ENTRY
Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online Monday, Nov. 4 to answer questions about your pet's health.
It's Halloween night so you are bound to have kids knocking on your door this evening. But should your dog be front and center for all the action? Maybe not, according to Kim Melanson, behavior counselor at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
She offers these tips for dog owners tonight:
-- Give your dog a place to lay low from trick-or-treaters. A steady stream of people coming to your door can often cause stress, over excitement, and scare dogs. When kids are dressed up in costumes, even kids your dog knows can be scary to them.
-- Watch newly adopted dogs closely. Because you don't know how your new dog will react to trick-or-treaters, keep the dog in a separate room for the night.
-- If your dog is genuinely friendly, relaxed, confident, and calm, you can consider including him or her in tonight's festivities. But it's always better to have your dog on a leash and sitting while saying hello to kids as they come to the door.FULL ENTRY
When Lily was getting ready to go to the Seaport Hotel's Howl-o-ween Costume Party in Boston during the weekend, it was obvious to her owner Katie what she should wear -- a beard, of course!
This is what Katie Cibulka, of Dedham, has to say about dressing up her pet for Halloween this year:
Lily has many costume contest wins under her belt, so we had to come up with something great this year...of course the Red Sox came to mind. She doesn't have a favorite player but she loves the players that hit balls far and away so that she can pretend she's running after them.
Go Red Sox!
Do you have a pet sporting a beard? Share your photos here.
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Do you have an overweight pet?
Harrison Forbes, a dog trainer and animal behaviorist, gave Fox the following tips for how to help your pet battle the bulge.
- Table scraps misconception. There is a misconception that your dog isn't overeating if you don't give him table scraps. He very well could be!
- Beware of "free feeding." This means you fill a bowl up at the beginning of the day and let the dog eat from it all day. Follow the food guidelines instead.
- Not sure if your dog is overweight? Use the "eyeball barometer." This means if you stand over your dog and you can't see a little bit of curvature after the ribs, your dog is probably overweight.
- Exercise more and eat less. The rules are the same for pets as they are for people when it comes to losing weight.
- We grossly underestimate the amount of exercise dogs need. A little walk around the block in the morning and afternoon is not cutting it. Dogs need sprinting exercise.
Find out more about how to get your obese pet healthy in this Fox43 video. And learn about products that can help.
Share a photo of your overweight pet and tell us what you're doing to help your pet get healthy.
Are you looking for an opportunity to show off your pet's Halloween costume this year? Read on for some pet-friendly Halloween events going on in Boston and beyond this month.
But first, check out Mr. Pork Chops, who dressed up as a bunch of grapes last year. Aww! The French bulldog, owned by Justin Mills from the South End, won the best individual costume prize at last year's Canine Promenade on the Charles River Esplanade.
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Hallowoof, a Halloween festival and pet costume contest, will raise awareness for animal rescues and shelters in Rhode Island. There will be a costume contest, dog trick contest, pet/family photos, treat bags for kids, treats for dogs, pizza, and local vendors. Sun., Oct. 20, noon to 3:00 p.m. Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar, 458 Main St., Warren, R.I. 401-289-234. www.woofwoofboutique.com.
The Canine Promenade on the Charles River Esplanade is expecting to attract more than 100 dogs in costume this year. For the third year, pet owners will parade their costumed dogs around the park. After the parade, a panel of judges will award prizes for best costume and invite guests to provide helpful tips for dog owners. The event hosted by The Esplanade Association. See photos from last year's event. Sat., Oct. 26, noon to 2 p.m. $15 per dog. The Charles River Esplanade (in front of the Hatch Shell). 617-227-0365. www.esplanadeassociation.org.FULL ENTRY
A dog riding in a car with his owner really really wants to hold hands. Check out this Eye Opener video to see just how persistent this pooch is.
Does your dog like to hold hands?
I don't remember the last Mother's Day I shared with my mother. I was a senior at Boston College. I'm sure my family did something together, maybe a brunch or a dinner. I'm sure I called her. But I just don't recall the details.
One month later, I was anxiously waiting in a hospital room. And I heard the word no one wants to hear: cancer. My family knew her fate from the moment the diagnosis was uttered. We kept our relentless hope because she did, but my mom would succumb to the disease before seeing another Mother's Day. In nine months, stomach cancer took her life.
For those of us who are without mom on Mother's Day, it can be one of the most difficult days of the year. It's like being single on Valentine's Day: there are sad reminders everywhere.
With spring finally here and summer around the corner, the annual travel rush will soon be on. You certainly don't need to leave your dog or cat--or even your ferret--at home when you come to Boston.
Boston hotels have become some of the most pet-friendly in the nation. No matter where you stay in the city, there is a hotel to accommodate the needs of your four-legged friend.
Pets are part of the family. Modern travelers have evolved far beyond simply finding hotels that allow pets. They now wish to ensure that their best friends receive an experience as pampered as their own. There is even a list of ideal locations to vacation with your pet.FULL ENTRY
When pet owners leave for vacation, business, or a quick family visit, they need to find an ally to help them care for their pets. Enter the pet sitter.
Yes, the pet sitter. A savior to pets and owners alike! So before you jump head over tail into your next pet care job, read these tips on how to be the best pet sitter you can be!
Before you agree to take any pet care job, discuss with the owner what their expectations are and learn their pet's needs. This enables you to make sure that you are qualified. If the pet has medical needs that you aren't comfortable performing, it's better to know now and not when it's too late.
Dan Brown would appreciate the symbolism.
A seagull decided yesterday that the perfect place to perch for the evening was on a chimney. But not just any chimney. This seagull decided to sit atop the Sistine Chapel smokestack. Yes, the same chimney the world was watching as it eagerly awaited holy (white) smoke. The bird sat there, giving the crowd gathered below a reason to smile in the cold, damp day in Rome and news stations a story to report when no other signal had yet to appear.
Naturally, a Twitter handle was created almost immediately for the Sistine Seagull (gotta love social media). For a creature who already tweets (or caws "mine"), his social voice brought laughter worldwide. My favorite: "OMG somebody dropped a Cheeto! BRB, somebody keep an eye on the smoke for me." (The bird followed it up by saying it wasn't a Cheeto, but actually Cardinal Scola.) Apparently, Italian seagulls and those on the beaches of Cape Cod have a lot in common.FULL ENTRY
There is a poster making the rounds on Facebook. I've seen it at least seven times in the past two weeks. Besides presenting a cute photo, it informs readers who may see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its leash, to recognize that it's a sign the dog needs space and that respect should be given.
My initial reaction was "what a great idea." I appreciate a universal sign to let people know that the dog needs his space. Maybe he's being rehabilitated, maybe he doesn't do well with other dogs, and maybe he doesn't do well with people. Whatever the case, it reminds people to keep their distance. Dogs can get the exercise they need and can slowly become more comfortable with their new surroundings.
But, being the person I am, I thought more about it.
In a month that seems it's gone to the dogs, it's nice to hear a story about cats. Yes, between the Puppy Bowl, Westminster Dog Show (by the way, shout out to Banana Joe - that face is just too cute) and the recent announcement by the Marines of a new canine mascot, cats can get lost in the February shuffle. But not this year. No, cats came back with a vengeance to reclaim February as their own.
Earlier in the month, Monopoly announced it was retiring one of its game pieces: the iron. And what did America vote to replace it? Drum roll please...a cat. Now the Scottie dog and the cat can live in harmony next to a battleship, car, thimble, wheelbarrow, top hat and a shoe. In fact, the cat Monopoly piece beat out a diamond ring, a robot, a helicopter and a guitar to get inside the Monopoly box. Because when one thinks luxury, they think of cats. Damn those Fancy Feast commercials.
But are you surprised? As someone who works in social media and SEO, I'm not. The Internet has shown its love for cats for years. Do this experiment: share a photo of a cute puppy on your Twitter feed. Two hours later, share a cute kitten. Guaranteed: the kitten will get more retweets. Why? The Internet loves cats.FULL ENTRY
Super Bowl Sunday is here. Whether you are cheering loudly for either team or just tuning in to watch the commercials, odds are you'll be watching the game with friends. And as with any good party, there will be countless snacks to munch on and decorations to enjoy. But how safe are these for your pets? Read the tips below on how you can have a pet-friendly Super Bowl party.
Watch where you put your food. Coffee table snacks put things at pet-level. As convenient as it is to have snacks on the coffee table, it gives your pet easy access to food. And a brazen pet will grab an easy snack! Talk to your guests before hand to remind them to watch their plates.
Keep things tidy. Don't leave Solo cups around. Dogs often love beer. And if it's not a doggy specific brew, it's not good for them. In other words, make sure your friends don't behave like animals.FULL ENTRY
It's frickin' freezing in here, Mr. Bigglesworth.
If it seems like everyone has become Dr. Evil, it's because, baby, it's cold outside! Cold weather can not only affect you, but it can affect your pets as well. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe in the cold.
Do not let cats go outdoors. They can freeze easily outdoors if they don't have shelter and become lost or stolen. What's more? "They won't have access to unfrozen water," warns Dr. Brian Collins, Lecturer, Community Practice Service at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.FULL ENTRY
The sweet lullaby of a bird whistling in the distance. Those "Polly want a cracker?" and other silly conversations we see birds and their owners have. And of course, every fearsome pirate has a parrot has a shipmate. Let's face it - we have all thought about owning a bird.
Experts say that owning a bird can be a lot of work and first-time bird owners are usually happier with smaller species such as finches, canaries, budgies or cockatiels. If possible, always adopt rather than buy as there are many birds that are available for adoption in local shelters. If you are looking to add a feathered friend to your family, these five questions will help you determine if you are ready.
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Pets seem to always get added luxuries. Toys galore. Comfy beds. Delicious treats (just for sitting down!). Dogs can now add a thirst-quencher to that list: beer.
That's right, Fido can now enjoy a brewski.
According to the Associated Press, Oregon beer-lover, Daniel Keeton, created Dawg Grog for his beloved pooch, Lola Jane.FULL ENTRY
Admit it. You clicked on this story because you were nervous I was talking about you.
Maybe it's because Saturday nights are spent in the apartment since you can't bear to leave your pet alone. You dress yourself and then accessorize your pet to match. You
change the channel shed a tear every time those Sarah McLachlan animal commercials come on TV. You have more Facebook friends for your cat than yourself.
It's 2013. Many New Year's resolutions contain finding love. That it's time to stop being a "party of one", and become a "party of two."FULL ENTRY